"Outstanding" Butland vying for World Cup spot thanks to Leeds

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Can Leeds United new signing can make England's World Cup Squad?

England International Jack Butland has proven his England World Cup credentials following a fine display on Saturday against Middlesbrough, according to manager Brian McDermott.

McDermott described the on loan Stoke goalkeeper as "outstanding" on his début for the Yorkshire based club.

“He made a couple of really good saves; he came for crosses and kicked well. He’s very mature, he’s hungry and he wants to go to the World Cup with England, and we want to help him.” he explained.    

Butland's spell at Leeds United will certainly be a fantastic opportunity for the Bristol born stopper to stake his claim for a seat on the plane to Brazil this summer.

Butland was signed by Stoke City in 2013 for a fee of £3.3 million, with many suggesting that he would be Asmir Begovic's long term replacement.

The 6ft 6in Bosian international was strongly linked with a move to Chelsea, but the transfer failed to materialise. Since then Butland was sent out on loan to Championship side Barnsley, where he made 13 appearances for the relegation threatened side, but was recalled on Boxing Day due to an injury to Begovic.  

The England hopeful joined Leeds United on loan on the 20th February after Leeds United number one, Paddy Kenny, picked up an injury.

England's youngest ever international goalkeeper spoke of his delight at making his first appearance for Leeds United.

"The support that comes with wearing the badge and playing for Leeds is incredible and this is a great opportunity to be part of something special." he told the Yorkshire Evening Post. 

In terms of his England aspirations Jack Butland added: "All I can focus on is playing as many games as I can at the highest level. If that leads me to the World Cup, then brilliant."

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